I have not been to NZ yet (excited to get there in 3 weeks though) but have spent 2 months in Australia. If you like city life, Sydney and Melbourne are great...a weekend in Sydney was enough for me but I did spend 5 weeks in Melbourne. Really neat city, but just that a city!
I have spent 3 weeks in Cairns and it's incredible. The rainforest and Great Barrier Reef at your fingertips! I did a week in the city with an Airbnb and 2 weeks at this amazing little tropical oasis, Villa Marine. I highly recommend coming up this way- such a great representation of the real Australia!
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We too are considering Australia and New Zealand and are thinking of doing it independently. Frankly, New Zealand interests me more of the two. Would it make sense to do three weeks in New Zealand and then just a week seeing, say, Sydney and Melbourne?
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